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1st Edition

State Crime and Resistance

ISBN 9780415638074
Published April 16, 2014 by Routledge
256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Within criminology ‘the state’ is often ignored as an active participant, or represented as a neutral force. While state crime studies have proliferated, criminologists have not paid attention to the history and impact of resistance to state crime. This book recognises that crimes of the state are far more serious and harmful than crimes committed by individuals, and considers how such crimes may be contested, prevented, challenged or stopped.

Gathering together key scholars from the UK, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, this book offers a deepened understanding of state crime through the practical and analytical lens of resistance. This book focuses on crimes ranging from gross violations of human rights (such as genocide, war crimes, mass killings, summary executions, torture, harsh detention and rape during war), to entrenched discrimination, unjust social policies, border controls, corruption, fraud, resource plunder and the failure to provide the regulatory environment and principled leadership necessary to deal with global warming.

As the first to focus on state crime and resistance, this collection inspires new questions as it maps the contours of previously unexplored territory. It is aimed at students and academics researching state crimes, resistance, human rights and social movements. It is also essential reading for all those interested in joining the struggles to champion ways of living that value humanity and justice over power.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Resistance to State Crime  2. Resisting State Crime as a Criminological Project in the Context of the Arab Spring  3. Civil Society, Resistance and State Crime  4. Public Criminology and the Responsibility to Speak in the Prophetic Voice Concerning Global Warming  5. The Great Escape: Refugees, Detention and Resistance  6. The Politics of State Crime and Resistance: Self Determination in Sri Lanka  7. Resistance to state-corporate crimes in West Papua  8. The Race to Defraud: State Crime and the Immiseration of Indigenous People  9. 'Frameworks of Resistance': Challenging the UK's securitization agenda  10. Environmental Activism and Resistance to State-Corporate Crime  11. Witnessing the Gorgon: Remarks on Normative Visuality in Confronting State Crime  12. Music as Resistance to State Crime and Violence  13. Justice and Resistance through Community Legal Centres  14. Hardening the Rule of Law and Asylum Seekers: Exporting Risk and the Judicial Censure of State Legality  15. A Global Resistant Movement? From Human Rights to International Criminal Justice  16The Master's Tools: Can Supranational Law Confront Crimes of Powerful States?  17. Beyond State Crime.

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Elizabeth Stanley is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social and Cultural Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. Jude McCulloch is Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia.


'...This book is the first to offer an introduction to the important topic of resisting state crime. Taking on an unexplored topic within the state crime literature, this edited volume should be considered a required foundational text for all those, students and scholars alike, wanting to better understand the dynamics between state and resistance.'Victoria E. Collins, PhD. Assistant Professor, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University